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Response to Recovery

July 2, 2016 Bill Adams, Vice President, Western and Pacific, Insurance Bureau of Canada

What has been projected to be Canada’s largest insured loss event, the wildfire in and around Fort McMurray, perhaps will become known for something more positive: how early, co-ordinated and collaborative insurance industry response can help smooth the way to recovery.

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As Fort McMurray rebuilds, fire chief wants more wildfire resilience

June 28, 2016 Lauren Krugel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – The man who led the fight against the wildfire that devastated parts of Fort McMurray in May is urging changes to the way homes are rebuilt to avoid similar destruction in the future. Fort McMurray fire

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The Digital Edition of Canadian Underwriter’s June 2016 issue

June 23, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Digital Edition below ↓ Cover Story: ‘Technology Assist’ Growing use of technology solutions during natural disasters — as evidenced by happenings in Fort McMurray — looks poised to continue, with different options and more applications becoming a natural part of


Over 30 Juno Awards to be represented on stage to perform at Benefit Concert #BackFortMac, Monday June 27

June 21, 2016 #BackFortMac

Toronto – Hub International’s Eileen Greene is challenging the insurance industry, companies, vendors, brokers and suppliers to step up to the plate to support the fundraising concert #BackFortMac on Monday June 27, 2016 at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall at 7:30 p.m.

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Crawford Establishes Office in Fort McMurray

June 10, 2016 Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.

TORONTO – Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. is pleased to announce that it has established a new permanent office in Fort McMurray, Alberta, allowing the company to continue to provide high level service to its insurer partners and the policyholders

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‘There’s nothing left:’ The story of one man’s return to Fort McMurray

June 5, 2016 By Lauren Krugel - The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Farid El-Hayouni manages to keep it together until he sees what is left of his son’s bike. Along the drive up Highway 63 into Fort McMurray, he makes a series of matter-of-fact observations about what “the


Tenor John McDermott, Guitarist Liona Boyd and Rocker Alan Frew to Perform at Benefit Concert #BackFortMac

June 5, 2016 #BackFortMac

TORONTO, ON – Canadian tenor John McDermott, classical guitarist and 5-time Juno Award winner Liona Boyd, and legendary rocker, author, and 5-time Juno Award winner and Grammy Award nominee Alan Frew of Glass Tiger will perform #BackFortMac #TheConcert on June 27 at

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Big cleanup job underway at downtown Fort McMurray brew pub

June 5, 2016 By Lauren Krugel – THE CANADIAN PRESS

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – On May 3, patrons at the Wood Buffalo Brewing Company on downtown Fort McMurray’s main drag had to leave their pints and plates on the table as a massive forest fire breached the city and everyone

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Returning Fort McMurray residents finding smelly refrigerators, dandelion lawns

June 1, 2016 Chris Purdy and Lauren Krugel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Residents returning to their homes in Fort McMurray are tackling stinking refrigerators and grass grown tall and infested with dandelions as the fire-scarred city slowly springs back to life. A steady stream of traffic is moving

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Technology Assist

June 1, 2016 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

Using technology solutions during natural disasters is on the rise. The marked growth – as evidenced by tools both used and available in the devastating wildfires near Fort McMurray – looks poised to continue, with different options, more applications and enhanced information likely becoming a natural part of response. Technology being tablestakes may very well be key for the property and casualty industry to best serve and respond to customers in future.

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Alberta gov’t, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo supporting small- and medium-sized businesses with re-entry to Fort McMurray

May 30, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Alberta, in partnership with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), is moving forward on initial steps to support small- and medium-sized businesses in their re-entry with a small business support centre. Government has also confirmed its

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AIR estimates Fort McMurray wildfire insured losses at between $4.4 billion and $9 billion

May 17, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Industry insured losses from the Fort McMurray wildfire that began May 1 and is still being fought today is estimated at $4.4 billion to $9.0 billion, AIR Worldwide reported late Monday. The catastrophe modelling firm notes the estimate reflects insured